After a massive start to the year with games like Ring of Elden and Forbidden Horizon Westand a month of April which saw the enormous success of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Sagawe’re expecting a slower month when it comes to new releases, but there are still a few promising titles to look forward to.
Fans of Kurosawa-inspired samurai games will be treated to a new standalone title, while two long-running series based on tabletop games, Warhammer 40k and Vampire: the masquerade, receive new video game entries this month.
There’s no shortage of nostalgia this month either, with a compilation title featuring one of the most iconic arcade game series in history.
Here is our list of the biggest Video game releases in May 2022.
Hike to Yomi
Hike to Yomi is a side-scrolling action game set in Edo-period Japan that draws visual inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films. Don’t be fooled by the game’s similarities to Ghost of Tsushima and Sifu – even if it has the same influences and the same decor, Hike to Yomi is quite its own thing.
Presenting itself as a beautiful black and white indie cinematic gem, the game follows the story of young warrior Hiroki who embarks on a journey to avenge the tragic fate of his home village and fulfill a wish made to his dying master.
You should read more about this in our Hike to Yomi practical overview. Xbox Game Pass subscribers get the game on day one.
Trek to Yomi releases May 5 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Warhammer 40k: Chaos Gate – Demon Hunters
The next episode of Warhammer 40k franchise is a turn-based strategy RPG and a 1998 reboot Warhammer 40,000: Gate of Chaos.
You lead a squad of Gray Knights, a secret chapter of Space Marines, against the evil hordes of Nurgle, the Chaos god of decay, pestilence, despair, disease and a host of other evil things , who is determined to destroy the galaxy by means of a cosmic plague, known as Bloom.
Warhammer 40k: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is coming to PC on May 5th.
salt and sacrifice
salt and sacrifice is another side-scrolling action-RPG platformer, but it offers a more hardcore Metroidvania experience. This 2016 sequel Salt and Sanctuary, throws you into a land full of powerful mages who wreak havoc on everything they touch. You play as a doomed Marked Inquisitor who is tasked with hunting down evil mages as you travel across the kingdom.
The game can be played solo or in co-op mode, and just like in FromSoftware’s titles, there’s the option to invade another player’s kingdom to make their life a bit more miserable.
Salt & Sacrifice releases May 10 on PC, PS4, and PS5.
Chronicle of Eiyuden: Rising
Chronicle of Eiyuden: Rising is a JRPG inspired in part by Konami Suikoden series. The game is a spin-off of the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: One Hundred Heroes, scheduled for release in 2023, and serves as a prologue to his story.
Rising combines treasure hunting and city building in a beautiful side-scrolling world, letting you play as three heroes, Isha, Garoo and CJ, each with their own unique abilities and playstyle.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising releases May 10 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.
Evil Dead: The Game
This multiplayer survival game is based on the evil Dead horror movie franchise. Evil Dead: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer experience. You play as series protagonist Ash Williams or his friends in a team of four survivors against a fifth player who controls the demon Kandarian seeking to swallow the souls of survivors.
Evil Dead: The Game features multiple maps, including the Knowby cabin from the movies, and over 25 weapons to choose from, including Ash’s signature chainsaw and shotgun. After each over-the-top slasher action match, players level up to unlock new skills they can use in the next one.
Evil Dead: The Game releases May 13 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.
Tennis Manager 2022
After a month full of sports games, with the release of MLB The Show 22, MotoGP 22and Nintendo Switch SportsMay still has something in store for your inner sports coach.
Tennis Manager 2022 promises a more realistic experience than last year’s game, with over 5,000 players, access to over 2,000 tournaments, and realistic simulation on and off the pitch.
Tennis Manager 2022 releases on May 17 on PC.
Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song
The long-awaited spin-off of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines finally arrives after several delays. The developers of Big Bad Wolf promise “lots of characters, choices, dialogue, and opportunities to decide how the story unfolds” in this narrative RPG, set in Boston.
You unravel the story through the eyes of three vampires, Galeb, Emem and Leysha, each with their own unique abilities and viewpoints. The characters’ upgradable vampiric disciplines allow for different gameplay approaches for players that emphasize consequences.
The game gets a wide release on all platforms, but on PC, swan song will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong releases May 19 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Switch.
Dolmen is a soulslike action RPG but with a futuristic sci-fi setting and cosmic horror elements. The game takes place in a hostile alien world known as Revion Prime, where your character is tasked with bringing back samples of a unique and powerful crystal known as Dolmen.
The game’s combat system is modeled after FromSoftware’s souls titles, with a variety of weapons and moves available. It features an “energy mode” that imbues your melee weapons with elemental status buffs, similar to using grease on your weapons in Ring of Elden.
Dolmen releases May 20 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Elite Sniper 5
The last entry in the Sniper Once again puts you in the shoes of secret agent and sniper Karl Fairburne, but this time you fight to uncover Project Kraken in 1944 France.
Fans of the series are in for a familiar experience with good visuals, a solid variety of weapons, and generally enjoyable stealth gameplay.
Elite Sniper 5 features a ton of customization options for your weapon, an improved X-ray kill camera, and the addition of Invasion Mode which allows for both cat-and-mouse PvP and cooperative play. You can read more about the game in our Elite Sniper 5 practical overview.
Sniper Elite 5 releases May 26 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
A compilation title full of nostalgia, Pac-Man+ Museum brings 14 games from the iconic Pac man series. The list ranges from classic arcade titles from the early 80s to newer console releases.
The original 1980 arcade game that started it all is also part of the collection, but there’s also the notable absence of Mrs. Pac-Man due to an ongoing dispute between Bandai-Namco and AtGames over the rights to one of the first female video game characters.
Pac-Man Museum+ releases May 27 on PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Written by Stoyan Ovcharov on behalf of GL HF.